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Pope hits 1M mark as he tweets: 'Dear Friends... '

Pope Benedict XVI hit the 1 million Twitter follower mark on Wednesday as he sent his first tweet from his new account...

December 13, 2012 / 05:35 PM IST

Pope Benedict XVI hit the 1 million Twitter follower mark on Wednesday as he sent his first tweet from his new account.In perhaps the most drawn out Twitter launch ever, the 85-year-old Benedict pushed the button on a tablet brought to him at the end of his general audience Wednesday."Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart," his inaugural tweet read.At around the same time the message was sent, the number of followers of Benedict's (at)Pontifex account surpassed the 1 million mark on the eight languages of the handle, adding some 11,000 followers in the last two hours alone.Later in the day Benedict was to respond to a few questions about faith sent to him from around the world.Twitter welcomes Pope Benedict XVI

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